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skeletonize

[skel-i-tn-ahyz]
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verb (used with object), skel·e·ton·ized, skel·e·ton·iz·ing.
  1. to reduce to a skeleton, outline, or framework.
  2. to reduce in size or number, as a military unit.
  3. to construct in outline.
Also especially British, skel·e·ton·ise.

Origin of skeletonize

First recorded in 1635–45; skeleton + -ize
Related formsskel·e·ton·i·za·tion, nounskel·e·ton·iz·er, noun
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Examples from the Web for skeletonize

Historical Examples

  • We skeletonize our thoughts behind the scenes, but the skeleton is rather an unsightly specimen to exhibit before a class.

    Principles of Teaching

    Adam S. Bennion


British Dictionary definitions for skeletonize

skeletonize

skeletonise

verb (tr)
  1. to reduce to a minimum framework, number, or outline
  2. to create the essential framework of
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